As if refugees haven’t had it rough enough already, groups of Christian asylum-seekers are reportedly being tested on “Bible trivia” before being allowed into the United Kingdom.
A report by the nonpartisan Asylum Advocacy Group titled “Fleeing Persecution: Asylum Claims in the UK on Religious Freedom Grounds” claims some of the questions include, “What are the 10 commandments?” and “How many books are there in the Bible?” among others.
If the applicants answer incorrectly, they can be denied asylum, Raw Story reports.
Refugees fleeing religious persecution include “Muslim converts to Christianity,” according to the Guardian.
These quizzes are being used as a way to determine whose conversion claims are genuine.
However, as the Asylum Advocacy Group accurately noted, the strategy is “too simplistic a way to judge if an individual is, for example, a genuine convert.”
“Furthermore, anecdotal evidence has shown that some people are learning as much as they can so they can be prepared for the Home Office interview,” they added.
Elizabeth Berridge, the group’s chair, pointed out that immigration officials are being pressured to “make incredibly nuanced and difficult decisions to make sure that genuine claims are accepted and non-genuine ones are rejected” — which is where the unreasonable quizzes come into play.
In addition to sharing their report, the group is calling for increased training of Home Office officials and for collected data on the actual number of refugees seeking asylum to escape religious persecution.
What immigration officials are clearly doing is deterring refugees from applying to enter the country for fear of being faced with this quiz.
There are many people who were born into Christian families who cannot even correctly answer all of the questions being posed to these newly converted asylum-seekers.
Not to mention, the overwhelming pressure of knowing your safety and future depend upon answering these questions creates a heightened sense of anxiety and fear.
“Applicants should not be caused unnecessary distress and should be able to speak freely, especially in cases where the case worker/interpreter is a member of the religious community that has carried out the applicant’s persecution,” the group’s report concluded.
This practice is undoubtedly only adding more suffering to their plight.
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